Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Photo(s)

Earlier this week Dana Hunter published some photos of Juanita Park in winter. I thought it would be fun to contrast those, plus a couple of mine, with what things look like there in Summer. Here's a map of the park, which I made using TangoGPS and map data from OpenCycleMap:

Image credit: Screenshot by Cujo359 of OpenCycleMap image data.

There's quite a bit to Juanita Park, including some athletic facilities and a beach (which has been closed for a while now). But if you're looking for scenery, then the walks through and along the wetlands are probably the thing you'll be most interested in.
Image credit: All photos by Cujo359

Here's a look back on the boardwalk that heads out to the marsh, in summer and winter. It's from almost the same location, the summer one may be ten yards (meters) or so further from the entrance. If you look closely, you can see it's the same willow tree that's overhanging the boardwalk.

I'd say it looks better in the summer sun than in the dead of winter on a cloudy day, but then tastes differ. I've written before that winter scenes, even when there's no snow, have a beauty of their own.

Here are contrasting panoramas from the part of the Old Market Street Trail that leads toward downtown Juanita:

and from a few yards further down the trail in winter:

Besides the general contrast between the brown in winter and the green in summer, there's another noticeable difference: the lily pads. I don't know if they had to clear those out after the summer, but the contrast is pretty stark. Here's another picture I took during the summer, from almost the same location as the winter panorama was shot from:

Quite a contrast, no?

Finally, here's another picture that contrasts with this picture of the old pier that Dana took:

I prefer how the park looks in summer, but as Dana's photos show, it has its charms even in the dead of winter.

As always, click on the photos to enlarge, and have a good week.

Afterword: A technical aside: I made the wintertime panorama using photos from Dana's camera, a Sony DSC-HX5V. It didn't provide focal length as part of the EXIF data, which is something of an oversight if you're trying to stitch together a panorama from several photos. Fortunately, Wikipedia came to the rescue, with an explanation of focal multipliers, which are an alternative specification that panorama software can use, and even a mention of the sensor size of the Sony camera. Of course, I didn't need the latter bit of information, because that's information that Sony actually does provide. One might even say they've bragged quite a bit about the sensor on that camera.

Anyway, plug in a focal length multiplier value of 5.62 to the appropriate place in the panorama software, and everything works.

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